Create a Cause and Effect Diagram

A cause and effect diagram is an established tool for visualizing the root causes of business problems. Try a free, customizable template in Lucidchart today! In addition to our pre-made cause and effect diagram example, Lucidchart has several diagram templates for business, including BPMN and SWOT analysis. Sign up for a risk-free trial today!

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Make a cause and effect diagram in Lucidchart

To create a cause and effect diagram in Lucidchart, click this pre-made template and edit it to suit your purposes. This marketing-oriented chart shows potential causes of low website traffic. The spine and branches of the diagram are made of straight lines—to add more, press L and drag your mouse. To edit the text, double-click it and begin typing. The color scheme is also easily customizable from the Graphics panel.

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What is a cause and effect diagram?

A cause and effect diagram is also known as a Ishikawa diagram, after its creator, Kaoru Ishikawa. It is a versatile diagram for mapping out possible contributors to a problem in your business. Sharing a cause and effect diagram with your team can help with brainstorming, project management, and problem solving.
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Cause and effect diagrams are useful brainstorming tools, whether you’re in the planning phase of your project or nearing completion. Try Lucidchart for a simple, professional diagramming solution.
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